George Robert Aberigh-Mackay

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The Bengali Baboo. Twenty-One Days in India (1878–1879); the Teapot Series by George Aberigh-Mackay

George Robert Aberigh-Mackay (25 July 1848 – 12 January 1881), Anglo-Indian writer, was the son of the Reverend James Aberigh-Mackay D.D., B.D. and his first wife Lucretia Livingston née Reed. He was educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford and St. Catherine's College, Cambridge.[1] Entering the Indian education department in 1870, he became professor of English literature in Delhi College in 1873, tutor to the Raja of Rutlam in 1876, and principal of the Rajkumar College at Indore in 1877.[2] On 8 January 1881 he developed symptoms of tetanus after playing polo and tennis on the previous 2 days, and died on 12 January 1881 in Indore.

He is best known for his book Twenty-one Days in India (1878–1879), a satire upon Anglo-Indian society and modes of thought; this book gave promise of a successful literary career, but the author died at the age of thirty-three.[2] Aberigh-Mackay wrote also an extensive manual giving first-hand data about the princely states and their rulers.[3]


George Robert Aberigh-Mackay married Mary Ann Louisa Cherry on the 13th of October 1873 at Simla, Bengal, India.
Children of George Robert Aberigh-Mackay & Mary Ann Louisa Cherry

  1. Mary Livingston (Miss Patty) Aberigh-Mackay (1874 - 1952)
  2. Frances Lilian Aberigh-Mackay (1875 -?)
  3. Beatrice Georgiana Aberigh-Mackay (1878 - 1948)
  4. Katharine Madeline Aberigh-Mackay (1879 - 1945) married 1st Montague Tharp 2nd James Herbert Everett Evans.


  1. ^ Buckland, Charles Edward (1906). Dictionary of Indian Biography. S. Sonnenschein.
  2. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Aberigh-Mackay, George Robert". Encyclopædia Britannica. 1 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 53.
  3. ^ G. R. Aberigh-Mackay, The Native Chiefs and Their States in 1877:A Manual of reference.


  • C., Buckland (1906). Charles Edward Buckland (ed.). Dictionary of Indian Biography. Harvard University, Digitized 8 July 2005: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., Lim: London. p. 3.

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